Each year since 1989, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a free concert in downtown Cleveland, with last summer’s for the ensemble’s official 100th Birthday bash. Nearly 3 million people have experienced the Orchestra through these free performances. This summer’s concert took place on August 7.
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Recent seasons have seen the launch of a unique series of neighborhood initiatives and performances, designed to bring the orchestra and the citizens of northeast ohio together in new ways . active performance ensembles and teaching programs provide proof of the benefits of direct participation in making music for people of all ages . Future Audiences . Standing on the shoulders of more than a century of quality music education programs, the orchestra made national and international headlines through the creation of its Center for Future audiences in 2010 . Established with a significant endowment gift from the maltz Family Foundation, the Center is designed to provide ongoing funding for the orchestra’s continuing work to develop interest in classical music among young people . The flagship “under 18s Free” program has seen unparalleled success in increasing attendance — with 20% of attendees now comprised of concertgoers age 25 and under — as the orchestra now boasts one of the youngest audiences for symphonic concerts anywhere . Innovative Programming . The Cleveland orchestra was among the first american orchestras heard on a regular series of radio broadcasts, and its Severance hall home was one of the first concert halls in the world built with recording and broadcasting capabilities . Today, Cleveland orchestra concerts are presented in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences — including casual Friday night concerts, film scores performed live by the orchestra, collaborations with pop and jazz singers, ballet and opera presentations, and standard repertoire juxtaposed
in meaningful contexts with new and older works . Franz Welser-möst’s creative vision has given the orchestra an unequaled opportunity to explore music as a universal language of communication and understanding . An Enduring Tradition of Community Support . The Cleveland orchestra was born in Cleveland, created by a group of visionary citizens who believed in the power of music and aspired to having the best performances of great orchestral music possible anywhere . generations of Clevelanders have supported this vision and enjoyed the orchestra’s performances as some of the best such concert experiences available in the world . hundreds of thousands have learned to love music through its education programs and have celebrated important events with its music . While strong ticket sales cover less than half of each season’s costs, the generosity of thousands each year drives the
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2019 Blossom Festival
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